Republic County Economic Development held their annual meeting at Two Doors Down in Cuba, Kansas January 23rd, 2013. Board members and community members were in attendance to view RCED’s 2012 presentation given by Luke Mahin. (Click link above to view the presentation)
RCED Highlights of 2012
January – March
Republic County in 2011 saw over $1 million dollars in sales tax collected versus $994,000 in 2010. Courtland and RCED were mentioned in an article printed in the Salina Journal and The Daily Yonder about youth returning to their rural hometown. B Defined Fitness was opened and began remodeling, formerly The Gym. The business was purchased by Shannon and Kendra Short. $3.1 million worth of construction costs have been undertaken in Republic County thanks to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. C & C High Tunnels, produce and vegetable growers in Scandia, expanded to add more growing tunnels. Belleville businesses Casey’s, Pizza Hut, and Dairy Queen were able to get new signage on HWY 81 directing traffic to their HWY 36 locations. Republic County residents attended The Big Rural Brainstorm in Newtown, Kansas. The conference was focusing on small towns and connecting rural minds. RCED released their FHSU Housing Study noting a large demand in housing and lack of “moderate income housing” options. Proposed apartment complex in Scandia broke ground, it will offer 2 -2 bedroom and 2 – 1 bedroom units.
April – June
The value of real estate increased by 7% in Republic County. In May the KWCH 12 Eyewitness News station from Wichita highlighted Belleville in its “One of a Kind Towns” tour after being nominated by RCED on their Facebook page. RCED addresses needed welding jobs with USD 109, area technical schools, and area manufacturing companies. Bradford built trailers in Cuba’s old Hillcrest high school is reported to be producing grain trailers.
July – September
Reinke Irrigation Systems Manufacturing announces it will expand and build a manufacturing facility in the NCK Industrial Park creating 50-60 new jobs for the company. Nesika Energy announces they will add a flaker line to their ethanol production. RCED completed their new website www.republiccountykansas.com to promote our office and activities. Ross Freeman announces plans to renovate the Hotel Republic and the USD 109 Middle School property into apartments at a cost of $6 million. *This project was altered and now will only be renovating the USD 109 Middle School and constructing town homes behind the property. This is pending historic tax credit applications coming through in 2013. The House of Shoes was sold to Shari and Shane Haug of Concordia. This expands their 6th Street Fashions & Footwear business from Concordia’s downtown to Belleville’s historic downtown square.
October – December
Reinke’s breaks ground on their new expansion. Lindberg construction breaks ground on storage units in Courtland. RCED commissions SFS Corporation to conduct a market analysis and feasibility studies for multiple locations along HWY 81 corridor in Belleville. Republic County commissioners sign on for the Rural Opportunity Zone – Student Loan Reimbursement Program. This program provides up to $15,000 for post-secondary students to move (back) into Republic County and live for 5 years.
Mitch and Tami Weizorek are the successors of the long time Courtland business Garman & Sons Appliance. They plan to keep the appliance lines and add electrical services to the business calling it M & T Appliance & Electric. JenRus Freelance hires a new staff member Cheyenne Erichsen she will assist in RCED duties with the company.
Current Businesses Assisted – 70+
Potential Businesses Assisted – 15+
New Residents Assisted – 25+
Housing Referrals – 15+
Job Referrals – 20+
Business Successions Assisted – 4
RCED Website – 1,600+ visitors since July
RCED Facebook – 693 Likes
RCED Twitter (@RepCoED) – 165 followers
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